18 Month Word List

At our 18 month check-up our pediatrician went through a list of milestone questions. Apparently 5 words is the minimum number Little Miss should be speaking now, but BabyCenter.com says most kids know 12 words. We have a friend whose two kids didn’t learn any words until they were 2 years old, and they are turning out just fine now at 3 and 5 years of age.

Little Miss knows 17 words. Several weeks before Miss said her first word, I had decided I’d rather be called "Pop," instead of "Dad," like my own mother referred to my grandfather. So around the house I became "Pop," but several weeks later Little Miss began saying "Dada." Soon after, "Dada" became her Marklar word of choice, meaning anything and everything to her. It took several months to teach her "Papa," which I think caused her some confusion and regression in her word usage.

Along the same lines, we have two cats we called "cat," but Miss called them "kitty." I blame a family friend who, at least a month earlier, pointed to the cats and tried to get Miss to say "kitty." Well, at least we know our child has a terrific memory.

Miss conservatively knows 17 words (meaning we don’t count the many words she’ll parrot after hearing us say them).  Recently she began mumbling a couple phrases which sound like "oh dear" and "Muad’Dib" (moo-ah-deeb). That’s right, our daughter is a disciple of the messiah Paul Atreides from Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Here is our word list, not in chronological order:

  1. Papa
  2. Mama
  3. Dog
  4. Kitty
  5. Ball
  6. Shoes
  7. Socks
  8. Bear (teddy)
  9. Baby
  10. Pig
  11. Poo
  12. Ya
  13. Nnnn (no)
  14. Food
  15. More
  16. Up (Meaning, "pick me up," or, "Hey kitty, let me pick you up.")
  17. Mine (This is her latest word. We are now teaching her the word "ours.")


One Response to “18 Month Word List”

  1. Fitzgerald says:

    When I read the word Muad’Dib I thought, Dune. “Could Little Miss be a fan of Frank Herbert?” I wondered. She is well on her way to be a conversationalist it seems.

    December 28th, 2005 at 12:58 pm